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It's Official: America Needs a Vacation

A recent study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, found that more than 170 million Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last year. That’s more than half of the population—53 percent, to be exact!

However, this is down from last year when 56 percent of respondents noted they hadn't taken a vacation in the last year. 

Boise Welcomed New, Multifaceted Creative Center

This past December, Boise welcomed Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP), a nonprofit, interactive creative center and community-gathering place. Named for Idaho agribusiness icon J.R. Simplot—founder of the agricultural supply company J.R. Simplot Company—the center’s six-story, 65,000-square-foot main building includes five interactive learning studios. Each studio’s name indicates the activity that can be explored and shared within the space.

Re-create Summer Camp at Lakedale Resort

Ah, summer camp. Just the mention of the seasonal rite of passage is sure to conjure up happy memories of days spent on a lake fishing or boating, hours spent crafting masterpieces from Popsicle sticks and paper plates, and moonlit nights around the campfire sharing ghost stories. Lakedale Resort in Friday Harbor, Washington, offers the perfect spot to re-create those experiences by planning a summercamp- inspired business retreat with more grown-up accommodations.

Happy Anniversary Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

One of Vancouver, B.C.’s most iconic attractions turned 60 this summer. On June 15, 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre opened its doors in Stanley Park, welcoming 10,000 visitors in its first weekend alone. The price of admission? Only 25 cents. The milestone anniversary celebrates six decades of ocean conservation, vital research, curriculum-based education and public engagement.

Get to Know: San Juan Islands, Washington

Barbara Marrett’s path to the San Juan Islands in Washington was a tad circuitous. Originally from Katonah, New York, she no doubt developed an interest in adventure and other cultures from her father, who worked for the United Nations. When she met her future husband, he asked her if she’d like to sail with him to Easter Island.

The Vintages Trailer Resort Opens New, Intimate Meeting Venue

Ever dream about hitching up the Airstream and hitting the road? Well then, have we got a meeting destination for you. Located in the heart of Oregon wine country, The Vintages Trailer Resort is an unusual and quirky retreat venue that offers RV camping with a twist. Set on 14 acres, the park features 31 trailers, each equipped with full kitchenettes, propane grills, gourmet pour-over coffee from Caravan Coffee, luxurious robes, comfy mattresses, private baths (two with a soaker tub) and hotel-quality linens.

Everything Old is New Again

Lots of exciting venue news in our region. The latest comes from the iconic Smith Tower in downtown Seattle. The 42-story building is introducing new visitor experiences and tours of the landmark, which will open in August 2016 after a multimillion-dollar renovation. The tours and exhibits take visitors back in time to tell the history of Seattle through the lens of Smith Tower.

Happy Birthday Columbia River Trail

The Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail—also known as Historic Route 30—turns 100 this year. Beginning 14 miles east of Portland, Oregon, in Troutdale, it continues to The Dalles in north-central Oregon. Designed to emulate the Axenstrasse in Switzerland, the byway is recognized as the country’s first scenic highway and the first modern highway constructed in the Pacific Northwest. Its engineer, Samuel C. Lancaster, took great pains to showcase and preserve the natural beauty along the way, rather than “mar what God put there.”

Thompson Seattle Opens for Business

This week, Seattle welcomes Thompson Seattle—Thompson Hotels’ first Pacific Northwest property. The luxury hotel enjoys Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain views and has 158 guest rooms, eight corner studios and two suites; the full-service restaurant, Scout; the rooftop bar and lounge, The Nest; and more than 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Amenities include complimentary WiFi, business and fitness centers, private car and limousine service, and concierge services.

Get to Know: Bellevue, WA

When Stacy Graven, executive director of Visit Bellevue Washington, first moved to Bellevue in 1972, the city fell squarely into the “bedroom community” category. Much has changed since then, however. “The community has continued to evolve from suburban to much more urban city,” says Graven, “but it still manages to be a great place to live, work and play.”


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